Jack Layton, in QP yesterday, wondering if Stephen Harper agrees with his previous self.
Mr. Speaker, the NDP was opposed to the GST when it was first brought in, and we have opposed the HST for a long time. Other members of the House used to oppose the HST as well. Let me quote from a member who is an economist: ‘This harmonization of the GST, this tax collusion between provincial and federal governments, is not the way to reverse the economic decline of this country.’ Who said that? That is a quote from the Prime Minister during the inaugural debate on the HST. Why does he now think that this collusion to impose a new tax is a good idea?
Mr. Harper’s full remarks of Dec. 10, 1996 are here.